Tasmania JackJumpers assistant coach Jacob Chance says the side "set a good foundation" during their pre-season campaign.
Their inaugural campaign on home soil saw them defeat the Cairns Taipans twice, for a record of 2-3, before Friday's opening regular-season match.
"We are really happy defensively, we've talked about it from the start, we want to defend the island, that's our mantra," Chance said.
"Defensively, we hit a lot of the KPIs we wanted to do, particularly against Cairns in the last game.
"Offensively, we've got a long way to go but we'd definitely rather be on this side of the park than the other side at the moment."
With lingering but improving injuries to captain Clint Steindl (dislocated finger) and Jack McVeigh (Achilles soreness), Friday night's starting five is up in the air ahead of Tasmania's first game in the NBL for 25 years.
With the Brisbane Bullets clash at the DEC such a momentous occasion, Chance admitted "there's a lot going on".
"Our job as coaches is to try and limit the distractions as much as we can and we're not in a position yet where we can focus on anything past the day we are on," he said.
"So we are just trying to get better every single day - we got better today, we'll get better on Thursday and hopefully we get better together again on Friday.
"We'll have a really good crack on Friday night, review and just keep working from there."
Chance and his fellow coaches' limited distraction theory seems to be working on Canadian import MiKyle McIntosh, who, while being excited about the game, is just looking to get the win.
"We think that we are just as good as anybody else in the league as a team, so we are really just preparing for that.
"The other stuff that comes with it, the 25 years, is just going to be a part of it but I think we just want to go out there and win and make everybody proud.
"The 25 years obviously is very important and a big thing but at the same time, we want to just go out there and win and show off for Tasmanians."